21 Questions for Sarah Elefson

1. What is your hometown? Nineveh, IN Ireland Horse
Fun Fact: Nineveh is the biblical place for sinners.

2. Where did you go to high school? Franklin Central High School

3. What is your major/concentration? Animal Sciences-Biosciences

4. What is your expected graduation date? December 2017

5. Why did you choose Purdue for undergrad? I choose Purdue University because I wanted to go to a university that had a well-known Agriculture program along with the community feeling that I felt when I first visited Purdue.

6. What are your plans after graduation? I plan on beginning my Master's program in swine nutrition at University of Kentucky in January 2018.

7. What is your ‘spirit animal?' I took an online quiz and apparently an owl is my spirit animal. Personally, I have a weak spot for raccoons for no particular reason.

8. What is your favorite organization joined at Purdue? My sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. From being in the sorority, I have made numerous lifelong friends that I can never replace, along with learning leadership and communication skills along the way. Ireland Cliffs

 What is your proudest achievement while at Purdue? My proudest achievement was realizing that the things that I had learned over the years are truly being applied to my life and I am able to use that information on a daily basis. 

10. What has been your favorite class taken at Purdue? ANSC 35100 and it's corresponding lab with Dr. Stacy Zuelly. They were very applicable to life and a joy to go to. ANSC 24500, 'Pet-a-Cow,' with Dr. Mike Neary was a very hands-on class, and one of the first times that I got to apply classroom knowledge to real life.

11. What is your favorite Purdue tradition? Going on a fountain run with my friends. 

12. What is the best thing about College of Ag? It is well developed, and all of the faculty have the students best interest in mind. Everyone is always willing to talk to and help anyone who needs it. Fish

 What is the best thing about Department of Animal Sciences? The department truly feels like a community in and of itself at Purdue. Even if you do not know a person by name, all it takes is a hello and next thing you know you're having a conversation. 

14. What is the best on-campus study spot? I personally loved studying in cafes where I can find a place to sit: Grey House, Starbucks on Third Street, etc.

15. What is your favorite place in town? Chauncey Hill has always been fun to visit. There are a lot of things to do and a great place to hang out with friends.

16. What is the most important thing you’ve learned outside of the classroom? Always make time to spend with friends; they're an invaluable part of life and they will always know how to make your day.

17. Where have you participated in a study abroad trip? July 2017 - I was able to get the chance to study abroad in Ireland with Dr. Colleen Brady's Horse Industry Tour. In Ireland, I was also lucky enough to visit England and France. I wish that I would have studied abroad sooner than I did so that I would have been able to do it again! Hoosier Horse Park

 What internships have you had?

  • ​January 2017-Present: Swine nutrition research in Dr. Brian Richert's and Dr. Scott Radcliffe​'s lab
  • August 2016-May 2017: Human-animal interaction research in Dr. Maggie O'haire's lab
  • Summers 2013-2017: Interned at Indiana Horse Racing Commissions - helped collect samples for drug testing

​19. What is your favorite quote? "Everything always ends up working itself out eventually."

20. What are your hobbies? Hiking, riding horses, fishing, running and reading

21. What advice would you give to incoming students?​​ Go into college with an open mind and try things that you would never think of doing. Don't stress over the little things in classes, and never be afraid or ashamed to ask for help.​​

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